Tuesday, December 21, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Re: [PMARC] Caste based discrimination confirmed

Dear All

Please note that the following 4 have been added to www.dalit.org website

1. New Item NIESR Report
2. Blog on NIESR Report

3. Untouchability - Theories of (Article)
4. Japan - Untouchability in (Article)

On 20/12/2010 06:38, Dr.Prakash Louis wrote:
> Thanks Arun Kumarji for this information and for all the initiatives
> to carry on the struggle.
> regards
> prakash louis
> On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM, arun.kumar <arun.kumar@ntlworld.com
> <mailto:arun.kumar@ntlworld.com>> wrote:
> *12, Featherstone Road Southall Middlesex UB2 5AA *
> *Mob: 07956 918053 /Email: fabo@ambedkar.org.uk
> <mailto:fabo@ambedkar.org.uk>/ *
> *Caste based discrimination confirmed by an independent research
> commissioned by Government Equalities Office *
> Equality Act 2010 doesn't cover Caste based discrimination (CBD)
> but contains a provision that, 'by order of a Minister, case may
> be treated as an aspect of race'. The Government commissioned
> research in 2010 through National Institute for Economic and
> Social Research (NIESR) to identify whether caste discrimination
> and harassment exists in relation to aspects covered by the
> Equality Act 2010. After extensive study and interviews, NIESR and
> Government Equalities Office have come up with a report /'Caste
> discrimination and harassment in Great Britain'/ published on 16
> December 2010 in which existence of CBD in the UK is officially
> confirmed. We welcome this eagerly awaited report.
> In its conclusion, the report says, "The study found evidence of
> caste discrimination and harassment in Britain in areas relevant
> to the Equality Act 2010, namely in work and the provision of
> services. It also found evidence of caste discrimination and
> harassment in other areas, namely education (pupil against pupil
> bullying), voluntary work (dismissal), worship and religion and
> public behaviour (harassment in public places). The consequences
> of these could be severe for the victims". That is what we had
> been campaigning for the last 35 years and finally our argument
> has been accepted. Federation of Ambedkarite & Buddhist
> Organisations UK (FABO, UK) highlighted this problem many times
> especially in its report *'/The Evil of Caste : The Caste System
> as the Largest Systemic Violation of Human Rights in Today's
> World'/*//by late Chanan Chahal released in the House of Commons
> on 21^st January, 2009. This report has been extensively quoted in
> the study published by Government Equalities Office.
> Now we appeal to the British government to accept the findings of
> NIESR's report and include CBD in the British law so that legal
> protection is provided to the victims of caste discriminatio n and
> they stop suffering silently.
> We are greatly thankful to many Members of Parliament, Lords,
> academics, NIESR team, various organisations especially Dalit
> Solidarity Network, UK, Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance, UK,
> Caste Watch UK, Voice of Dalit International, UK who gave their
> valuable support and time to campaign against CBD. The victims of
> caste deserve our deep appreciation for coming forward to give
> their testimony before the NIESR's team without which this
> achievement was impossible.
> */Arun Kumar /*
> *Joint Secretary *
> *Federation of Ambedkarite & Buddhist Organisations, UK *
> Buddha Vihara, 12, Featherstone Road, Southall, Middx. UB2 5AA
> E: fabo@ambedkar.org.uk <mailto:fabo@ambedkar.org.uk>
> Tel: 0044 7956 918053
> 18^th December, 2010
> * 101213 niesr report caste discrimination in great
> britain.doc <http://dgroups.org/?prhgva5z> - 768.5 KB,
> application/msword


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